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RealTek HD Audio/MSI Gaming M7 board

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#1 Specter1075


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Posted 30 May 2016 - 09:08 PM

Hello all!


I have been struggling to make sense of a problem that on the surface seem like it should be easy to fix. I cannot claim to be an advanced user, but I really didn't think audio would make me stumble like this.


I just built a new system:

Windows 10 Pro

MSI Z170A Gaming M7

I7 6700K (Not yet OC)

Corsair Dominator 16GB DDR4 3200MHz

Asus GTX980 Ti Strix


I bought Logitech Z906 speakers for this system and I am having trouble making 5.1 sound happen. I have the latest Realtek drivers installed (


I have tested each speaker and the sub and can verify they all work.

The Realtek HD Audio Manager detects each of the three cables when plugged in. It is set to 5.1, it acts like it is outputting sound, but only the two front speakers actually produce sound. The center, sub, and rear speakers are silent.

I've been through the Windows settings, confirmed that all volumes are turned up. In the sound portion of the Control Panel, the Speakers/Realtek HD Audio are set to the default device, and in testing the 5.1 via the configure option, I get similar results: no rear, center, or sub.


In case there is a conflict I'm not seeing, the other audio devices visible in Control Panel are:


Nvidia HDMI Output (Three separate entries, Ports 1-3)

PHL BDM4065-4 (speakers on my Phillips Monitor)

Realtek HD Audio 2nd output (I assume the headphone jack on the front of the tower)

Realtek Digital Output


I've been looking for solutions and can't quite seem to find a case where someone was successful after having a similar problem.


Any help would be appreciated!



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